So if you got chicks from a hatchery, say, Columbian Wyandottes, and started breeding them towards the standard, would your birds be heritage birds?
I was kind of wondering the same thing. If I took my Orpingtons that I have now and breed lets say 10 chickens. Then at butchering weight culled the 5 lightest, and kept the other 5 for breeding, would this slowly make them bigger, or more like the APAS. I am really not concerned about it to much, but If I am going to try and butcher some Orpingtons for meat, I would like them to be the biggest birds I can get. Is this culling process how the breeder come up with there bigger/APAS standard perfection breed, because from what I can tell there weight is pretty much the only difference.Heritage birds should be purchased from a heritage breeder. It takes a long time to get them to APAS standard of perfection. Check out Jim Atkins on youtube also farmer George Wipple does one with the livestock conservatory. How to breed a better chicken.